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July 16, 2013

Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

GREENVILLE — A local woman, charged with murder in connection with the death of her infant son, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

A jury will decide the punishment Sheryl Ann Jackson of Greenville receives for having caused the death of 6 month-old Tytus Hoskins, by leaving him in a vehicle in December 2012.

Jackson had previously pleaded not guilty to an indictment from the Hunt County grand jury on one count of murder, which accused Jackson of “intentionally or knowingly committing or attempting to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life” — namely Hoskins unattended in a vehicle for more than two hours on Dec. 1, 2012 — and/or “not informing doctors for two days that Tytus Hoskins had been left in the car unattended, that caused the death of Tytus Hoskins.”

During a hearing Monday in the 196th District Court, Jackson agreed to plead guilty to the charge of manslaughter, admitting she acted recklessly in causing Hoskins’ death.

Judge Steve Tittle accepted Jackson’s plea and ordered her to report for a September 30 trial before a jury to determine punishment in the case.

Manslaughter is a second degree felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

The Greenville Police Department reported Hoskins began to succumb to exposure and the consequences of exposure on the day when the temperature rose to 81 degrees.

The police department was notified of the offense on Dec. 3, 2012, at which time it began an investigation along with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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